December 2013

Reading Recommendations · Hobbit Readalikes

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug, the new movie based on Tolkien's classic novel, hits movies theatres on December 13. The Hobbit has inspired many inventive fantasy authors to create their own wonderful tales set in realms where magic and sorcery come alive--check one out today!

Adult Fiction

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The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle
Recounts the quests of the last unicorn, who leaves the protection of her enchanted forest to search for her own kind.

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

Terry Brooks
A small band of comrades--Man, Elf, Dwarf--must undertake a desperate journey into a kingdom of dread under the guidance of a mighty seer, while their threatened homeland confront the approaching darkness.
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Neil Gaiman

Living in a Victorian countryside town overshadowed by an imposing stone barrier, Tristran is compelled to retrieve a fallen star for the woman he loves and crosses to the wondrous other side of the barrier, where he encounters dangerous rivals for the star.

The Magicians

Lev Grossman
Harboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.
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Frank Herbert
This is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, and bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

God Stalk

P.C. Hodgell
A survivor of a nearly extinct race, Jame finds herself in the city of Tai-tastigon, where she becomes involved with a gang of thieves and discovers her true nature.
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The Eye of the World

Robert Jordan
The peaceful villagers of Emond's Field pay little heed to rumors of war in the western lands until a savage attack by troll-like minions of the Dark One forces three young men to confront a destiny which has its origins in the time known as The Breaking of the World.

The Eyes of the Dragon

Stephen King
After Flagg, the evil court magician, sees a mouse chance upon a grain of dragon sand behind Prince Peter's shelves and die--as did the king--in fire and smoke, he plots to imprison Peter in the Needle and sieze control of the kingdom.
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A Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin
The aristocratic Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.

Narn i chin Húrin: The Tale of the Children of Húrin

J.R.R. Tolkien
A fantasy adventure saga set in the early days of Middle-Earth features humans and elves, dwarves and dragons, orcs and dark sorcerers clashing in an epic battle between good and evil.
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The Once and Future King

T. H. White
Arthur becomes king of the Britons under the guidance of Merlin in this classic tale.

The Shadow of the Torturer

Gene Wolfe
In a thoroughly decadent world of the future, Severian the torturer is cast out from the torturer's guild when he falls in love with one of his victims and allows her to die.

Teen Fiction

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The Beast of Noor

Janet Lee Carey
Fifteen-year-old Miles Ferrell uses the rare and special gift he is given to break the curse of the Shriker, a murderous creature reportedly brought to Shalem Wood by his family's clan centuries before.

The Warrior Heir

Cinda Williams Chima
After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.
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The Last Dragonslayer

Jasper Fforde
Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer--and Big Magic

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

Alison Goodman
Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.
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Rachel Hartman
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.


C.J. Hill
A survivor of a nearly extinct race, Jame finds herself in the city of Tai-tastigon, where she becomes involved with a gang of thieves and discovers her true nature.
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Sophie Jordan
When sixteen-year-old Jacinda, who can change into a dragon, is forced to move away from her community of shapeshifters and start a more normal life, she falls in love with a boy who proves to be her most dangerous enemy.

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula LeGuin
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
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Garth Nix
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

Here There Be Dragons

James Owen
Three young men are entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of fantastical places to which they travel in hopes of defeating the Winter King whose bid for power is related to the First World War raging in the Real World.
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Christopher Paolini
In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

The Golden Compass

Phillip Pullman
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
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Dr. Ernest Drake’s Dragonology Handbook

Dugald Steer
The world’s best dragon field-guide.

Burning Sky

Sherry Thomas
A young elemental mage named Iaolanthe Seabourne discovers her shocking power and destiny when she is thrown together with a deposed prince to lead a rebellion against a tyrant.
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